Class 3A Albany High and 2A Doyle saw their girls basketball seasons end just short of a berth in the AllState Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls Top 28 tournament Saturday night.
Seventh-seeded Albany lost 48-36 to No. 2 Ville Platte High in a 3A quarterfinal that was a rematch of last year’s semifinal also won by VPHS.
Eighth-seeded Doyle rallied late to force overtime but ultimately lost to top-seeded Pickering 43-40 in its quarterfinal contest.
PICKERING 43, DOYLE 40: In Pickering, the Tigers (20-12) managed to regroup after losing 6-foot-2 post player Belle Rayner to a knee injury in the first half. Doyle was seeking its second straight Top 28 appearance after finishing as the 2A runner-up last season.
“When that (Rayner’s injury) happened (the Tigers), could have packed it in,” Doyle coach Samantha White said. “I thought they played very hard for us to get to overtime. In the end we were forced to foul and Pickering made their free throws.”
Madison Watts led the Tigers with 14 points. Courtney Edwards added nine. Breanna Voda (13) and Ashley McKeller (12) led Pickering (28-4).
VILLE PLATTE 48, ALBANY 36: In Ville Platte, Deja McKinney scored 11 of her game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter to help the Trojans (29-4) pull away.
Albany (23-7) held a two-point lead at the half. The Hornets managed to cut the lead to three points with a minute left but could get no closer. MeMe Sykes led AHS with 10 points. Ferretta Brown had eight.
“I thought we played with too much emotion,” Albany coach Stacy Darouse said. “Credit Ville Platte, they had the home game and took advantage of that.
“In the fourth quarter, they were able to spread the ball and do what they needed to.”